October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and last week I received a letter from my doctor’s surgery, inviting me for a breast screening. Now this made me feel — OLD! But, more importantly, it got me thinking about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, whether through screening or self examination.
One of the things you can do to assist in raising awareness, as well as helping those are suffering from or have been affected by breast cancer, is to support The Pink Ribbon Foundation Charity. And I have found a lovely way to do so, by buying an official Pink Ribbon Journal:
10% of all sales of the Pink Ribbon Journal goes directly to the Pink Ribbon Foundation, and it is one beautiful journal indeed. The wraparound cover is made from extremely soft calf’s leather in pink, embossed with the Pink Ribbon logo, and your initials or wording of choice. Inside, 128 plain or lined cream-coloured pages of high quality paper.
You can buy the Pink Ribbon Journal directly from Pen Heaven, who can even emboss it to your specification for next day delivery.
I love my journal, if feels so soft and there is no bleed through on the pages, so perfect for fountain pen use. And what better justification for yet another journal than knowing a percentage of the proceeds are going to a good charitable cause!
I couldn’t wait for The Liberty Book of Home Sewing to reach the shelves, and luckily I didn’t have to, as the lovely people at Quadrille sent me one to review:
It’s a gorgeous book, with Liberty-print cloth cover and printed end-papers, beautifully illustrated and with amazing photographs of the finished projects. I think I let out a gasp when I turned a page and saw this bathroom with a Roman blind in ‘Kate Nouveau’ cotton canvas. This is definitely on my ‘to make’ list:
I also loved the sections on the history of Liberty fabrics, and the glossary of fabrics at the back of the book:
The book contains only 16 projects, which I found a bit disappointing (compared with the 150 in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects, but the clear layout and instructions mean that I will be more likely to look to this book for a project to make of a weekend (exactly what I did this Sunday afternoon).
All the projects are described as being perfectly achievable for beginner sewers, and range from the small (a rose corsage) to the large (a quilted bedcover). All of the projects are shown made up in Liberty fabric (of course), and some would not work as well if these fabrics were not used, the fabulous Peacock Pincushion for example:
Others would work in different fabrics, and today I spent a few hours making fabric-covered notebooks from the instructions accompanying this photograph:
I’m sorry, but if you are on my Christmas present list, you now know what is likely to turn up under your tree! I also thought I would make some to sell here on Molly and the Princess, as I know I have lots of stationery lovers following, and I think nice fabric-covered notebooks are hard to come by.
To help me set up shop, I thought I’d run a little giveaway to win one of my fabric-covered notebooks, similar to the one shown in the photo below:
The fabric slip-cover is removable, and covers an A6 softback notebook, with 120 gsm plain paper (perfect for ink pens!) and a ribbon page marker. To be in with a chance of winning this one, please comment on this post and help me out by answering a few questions:
- Would you be interested in seeing notebooks like this (in a variety of different fabrics, including limited edition printed cottons from the V&A) for sale here on Molly and the Princess (payment by paypal)?
- How much would you be prepared to pay for an A6 size? and for the (larger) A5 size? and for postage on top?
- Should they be described as notebooks or journals, which do you prefer?
For an extra entry (optional), please tweet “I’ve entered to win a gorgeous fabric-covered notebook from Molly and the Princess and @msmollylouise” and leave me a separate comment with your Twitter name to say you have done so.
Winners will be picked at random by the close of play on Friday 4 November, and I will publish the name here and contact by email and/or Twitter direct message. I really look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Good luck everyone.
The Liberty Book of Home Sewing was sent to me free of charge by Quadrille for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own and honest.
As a child I loved the 1944 film version of Jane Eyre with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, and of course a very young and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Jane’s tubercular childhood friend, Helen Burns.
This black and white version is very ‘noir’ – perfectly highlighting the gothic elements of the story and particularly the harshness of Jane’s upbringing at the orphanage. I’ve seen this version many times (and still cry when Helen Burns goes ‘home to God’).
My next encounter with Jane Eyre was reading the novel itself. This has to be one of my favourite reads of all time, and I love the Folio Societyedition I read with its beautiful illustrations from woodcuts by Simon Brett:
I was very excited when a film version with Charlotte Gainsbourg came out, who I could happily look at till the cows come home. For some reason though, I now can’t remember much about this film, or whether I liked it or not – so it can’t have made much of an impression. (A bit like the Balenciaga perfume which I also wanted very much to like, because of Charlotte Gainsbourg and for its bottle, but it just does nothing for me).
On Friday I dragged myself out of my sick bed (ok, so maybe that’s a bit melodramatic!) to see the new film version of Jane Eyre on its opening night.
Reader, I LOVED this film. Mia Wasikowska comes the closest I have seen to portraying the spiritedness and intelligence of Jane Eyre, and Michael Fassbender was the perfect Mr Rochester, if a little too much on the handsome side of ugly to fit the book description: ‘I knew my traveler by his broad, black eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the sweep of his black hair. I recognized his strong nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim. I saw his figure, now without a cloak, was athletic, though neither tall nor graceful.‘
The moors were beautifully photographed, and I loved that Jane Eyre had a slight Yorkshire accent. There were a few things that went by a bit quickly (Jane’s schooldays, and the ‘meet the mad wife’ scene), and I thought the oddness of the house and Jane’s suspicions of Grace Poole being the midnight screamer needed fuller treatment. There were also a few minutes where it all went a bit soft focus, as Jane and Rochester frolicked about scattering rosepetals or some other such romantic shenanigans, which it could have done without. But overall I enjoyed this version version very much, and its emphasis on the mystical and otherworldliness of Jane Eyre.
I cannot say which is my favourite version of Jane Eyre. Ultimately it must be the book, but I cannot choose between the 1944 or 2011 film versions. I will have to see if this current version stands the test of time, and if I would choose to watch it over the 1944 one in ten or twenty years time?
It’s available in three sizes, mini (£10.99), ultra, and ultra classic (both £14.99) and features a reproduction of the original manuscript of Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë’s signature. I’ve not seen it in the flesh as it were, but it’s on my stationery wishlist. Maybe this will be my favourite Jane Eyre?
Which is your favourite Jane Eyre? Are there other versions, TV or film, that I should seek out?
This is a non-sponsored post. The film stills come from various websites, I’m sorry I forgot to note down the sources to credit them.